For Eduardo González Valencia, nature called and the police answered.
Believed to be the financial boss of the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel (CJNG), González was traveling in a sport utility vehicle in the town of San Miguel de Alto, Jalisco, early Saturday when he stopped to “heed the call of nature,” said state Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer.
Standing at the roadside, he was an easy target for gunmen riding in another vehicle. They opened fire and wounded González in the right arm.
The cartel boss, who is also the brother-in-law of CJNG leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, went to a rural hospital for treatment, but was subsequently sent to San José hospital in Guadalajara.
The hospital advised authorities they were treating a man with questionable identification and a gunshot wound, and González was arrested shortly after.
González is also a member, and possibly the leader, of Los Cuinis, a cartel that is closely allied with the CJNG and described by U.S. authorities as one of the most powerful and violent drug cartels in Mexico.
The CJNG is also renowned for acts of violence. Its gunmen killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in Jalisco last March and April and shot down a military helicopter with a rocket launcher during a day of violent attacks in the state on May 1, when 17 people died.
González’ brother, Abigael, was identified as leader of Los Cuinis when he was arrested last February.
The San José hospital remained under heavy surveillance by soldiers and police throughout the weekend.